I found the flower in my Dedicated piece on the ground underneath one of the camellia trees at Hopeland Gardens. I believe that it had recently fallen off the tree since it was in pretty good shape (i.e., it wasn’t burnt or frost bit). I loved the contrast between the pink petals and the yellow anthers, and I felt like it would make a good vertical, but not while it was on the ground. So, I carefully picked it up and transported it to one of the dedication benches. There I was able to create a composition of it much easier as it was higher and quite stable with little interference from the wind. Due to the high level of captured detail, surface texture and pollen can be seen.
Being a color junkie, I don’t compose too many white flowers, but I made an exception for the magnolia in my Button piece. In this case, the overall design and flow of the petals outweighed any concerns regarding lack of color. That being said, I did find the subtle pinks near the center of the flower attractive and, of course, the green was nice as well. Pollen can be seen here too.
The camellia in my Fountain Camellia piece was another one I found on the ground. I liked it because it had good colors and seemed to have rather large anthers. Being right next to the large fountain pool, I was able to pick it up and move it to the base of one of the dog statues. That allowed me the ability to compose straight down into the flower. My artistic vision was to create an abstract where the focus was on the anthers. Tiny dew drops can be seen thanks to the high level of detail.